Pros­e­cu­tion ad­mits to new er­ror in Har­vey We­in­stein case

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The pros­e­cu­tion has ad­mit­ted to a new em­bar­rass­ing er­ror in the Har­vey We­in­stein case, say­ing a po­lice de­tec­tive told one of the dis­graced Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer’s ac­cusers to delete from her phone any­thing she wanted to keep pri­vate.

In a let­ter to We­in­stein’s at­tor­ney dated Tues­day, pros­e­cu­tor Joan Il­luzzi-Or­bon ac­knowl­edged that the lead de­tec­tive had made the rec­om­men­da­tion to one of two women ac­cus­ing We­in­stein in the case, in which he faces charges of rape and a forced oral sex act.

“My of­fice had asked Complainan­t 2 to pro­duce any and all cell phones that she might have used dur­ing the time she in­ter­acted with the de­fen­dant,” the let­ter said.

But the de­tec­tive told her she “should delete any­thing she did not want any­one to see be­fore pro­vid­ing the phones to our of­fice.”

Il­luzi-Or­bon says the woman ul­ti­mately handed over the phones “with­out any dele­tions,” but the ad­mis­sion fur­ther weak­ens the pros­e­cu­tion’s case.

“This new devel­op­ment even fur­ther un­der­mines the in­tegrity of an al­ready deeply flawed in­dict­ment of Mr We­in­stein,” his lawyer Ben Braf­man was quoted by a spokes­woman as say­ing.

The lawyer re­quested in Au­gust for the whole case to be thrown out and is await­ing a de­ci­sion of the judge.

The New York Po­lice Depart­ment said “the ev­i­dence against Mr We­in­stein is com­pelling and strong,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment pub­lished in The Los An­ge­les Times.

“The NYPD will con­tinue its work with the pros­ecu- tion to de­liver jus­tice for the coura­geous sur­vivors who have bravely come for­ward.”

We­in­stein, an in­ter­na­tional pariah af­ter be­ing ac­cused by more than 80 women of sex­ual mis­con­duct, is out on a $1 mil­lion bail and de­nies any non-con­sen­sual sex.

One of six sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein thrown out ear­lier this month in a vic­tory for the de­fense.

A let­ter from prose­cu­tors, sub­se­quently un­sealed by the judge, re­vealed cred­i­bil­ity is­sues and seemed to sug­gest that Lu­cia Evans, an aspir­ing ac­tress in 2004, may have per­formed oral sex on We­in­stein of her own vo­li­tion, in the hope of ob­tain­ing an act­ing part.

The doc­u­ment also ref­er­enced pos­si­ble po­lice mis­con­duct, af­ter a de­tec­tive failed to turn over de­tails from a wit­ness in­ter­view, and a draft email from Evans to her hus­band that ex­posed fur­ther in­con­sis­ten­cies in her ac­count.

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